A Cardiff medium has been well and truly spooked by a Victorian "ghost" captured in the city's Tiger Bay by Google's all-seeing Street View: Cardiff Victorian ghost on Street View According to the Telegraph, "experts have been called in" to probe the otherworldy sighting, including 39-year-old Jane Cohen, who told the paper …
Woman in period clothing+Cardiff, home to Doctor Who and Torchwood=actor?
Streetview may now also receive complaints from Cybermen who are outraged at the invasion of their privacy, that it will make it so much easier for time lords to break into their ship etc.
Depressingly, this is exactly the kind of 'hilarious' and 'contemporary' plot twist that Russell T Davies would think up.
If it's Cardiff Bay and ghosts, then it must be....
<cough> Doctor Who <Cough>
The 21'st century is when it all changes
If you look behind her and to the right you can see the Torchwood hub. She may have come through the rift.
How many more journalists are going to get caught in the act of being pig ignorant of Street View? A cursory glance at that image reveals that the cut-off occurs at the boundary between two of the cameras - an artifact which is even more obvious on the full image shown on the Telegraph site, and can be reproduced on many Street View images.
They even mention the area is used for television filming (e.g. Torchwood), so is it not possible the woman concerned is a very-much-alive actress taking a break from filming?
Duh, what's that area used for?
What's the betting she turns up as a character in the next series of Torchwood?
I hate to point out the obvious but isn't this the area where Torchwood is filmed.
Paris because she's seen her fair share of goolies.
Nah, it's the Rift. Torchwood will be popping up out of the pavement shortly to collect the "ghost". Are we sure it's not the shade of the much-reviled (undeservedly) Eve Myles, condemned to wander the streets of Cardiff in costume, wailing for another gig as steady as TW?
I think the ghost is actually...
Why? Because she can't be that daft. She must know that whoever is in the picture will see one of the reports and own up. Unless it's her -- she obviously wouldn't blow her own cover.
Cor Blimey! It's Mary Poppins! No, really it is. Was it on in Cardiff at the time?
El-Telegraph are not serious about that bit about the 'not appearing as a full figure' bit, and that shimmering crap are they?
Wooo, look I found a ghostly van in Birmingham! Wooooo.
That really is journalism at its utmost suckiest!
That first pic is...
... obviously the ghostly spirit of Dr Who's Tom Baker incarnation, endlessly searching Cardiff for Russel T Davies...
Cardiff? Must be the rift again...
Is she sexually ambiguous too? Definitely Torchwood
an episode of Torchwood or Dr Who perhaps?
right place for the time jumping spin off cast members to be loitering in costume
Ghost my arse!
Er... When you refer to the ghost spotter as a 'medium' do you mean she's of medium intellect??
"But what is really strange is that she doesn't appear as a full figure - you can't see all of her."
Or, the picture-knitting on the first photo has distorted the lower half of her body (but it's still there, look!!) and, on the second pic, she's stood behind a bollard!
Christ on a bike, this medium almost makes Derek Acora look believable (and he's a TWAT!!).
Alien, 'cos they're even more believable than Derek (and ghosts).
I was astounded...
...to see so many online rags appearring to take this 'ghost' sighting seriously.
"Jane Cohen, .... added: "But what is really strange is that she doesn't appear as a full figure - you can't see all of her.""
Of COURSE it's got to be a spook. It'd have absolutely nothing to do with the fact that the Google cameras stitch together a mosaic of photos, would it?
Ooooh look, ghostly bollards as well.
Ooooh look, a ghostly straight line of ghostly distortion right where one frame is stitched into the next.
Ooooohh, wooooooooo, woooooooooooo
We demand a ghostly bollards icon. Until then - well, she's probably done something imaginitive with a bollard.
Anything to do with Mary Poppins taking place over the road?
What? This is a genuine mystery!
Someone dressed in historical-looking clothes? In the area where they film Doctor Who and Torchwood?
Most mysterious. picture. ever.
April Fool's Day is next week!
Hey, that was my joke they've stolen!
As I pointed out on day 1, there are amusing seams where the photographs are merged. F'in cheapskate tabloid skanks.
OMIGOD WHAT HAPPENED TO MY LEGS I CAN'T FEEL MY LEGS
By Anonymous Coward Posted Thursday 19th March 2009 13:02 GMT
AND MINE JUST GOT HIDEOUSLY ELONGATED!
Tragic accident at
The reason you cant see all of her is because the blurred bit is where they have imposed views of the road over where the google car is, distorting the bottom of the picture. Doesn't take a genius to figure that out, or does it - I did.
Oh and if the dicktards look closer I think thats a mobile phone in her hand. Wow a ghost with a grip on modern technology
Icon cos if I was a ghost, I'd be going through peoples pockets
"But what is really strange is that she doesn't appear as a full figure - you can't see all of her."
Unsurprising as the picture in question is quite mind-bogglingly obviously a montage taken at different times and from different angles. Now I'd have thought that the dumbest complete fuckwit in the entire Universe could have easily spotted that. Apparently not.
Today's top tip: Newspaper Editors. Avoid embarassment by ensuring that anyone you ask for a quote can actually find their own arse without using both hands and a map.
those fools in torchwood messing with the rift again?
It hasn't been called tiger bay for years, it's Cardiff Bay and has been for ten years.
Given the location...
"This woman is very smart - but she is dressed in clothes that you just don't see these days unless it's in a period drama on TV."
Period drama, or perhaps a certain BBC sci-fi that's based on that very location ;)
I've been waiting for this day all my life...
Mary Poppins is back!!!
I must get to Cardiff post-haste and join in the revelry.
<Mine's the one with infinite pockets.
I realised a while back that the Telegraph is just the Daily Mail with long words. What a ridiculously crap article.
, but don't tell them I told you.
Which "Experts" exactly?
"Local medium Jane Cohen, 39, said: Apparitions have often been caught on film but are invisible to the naked eye."
Local medium Jane Cohen, 39, thought; "I know nothing about this or the technology that produced it. I have done absolutely no background research or taken the 5 minutes effort that would be required to show a perfectly natural explanation. But, in the time honoured tradition of out-of-their-depth mediums everywhere, I will take a wild and illogical leap to a conclusion that backs up my woo-woo beliefs and career."
Telegraph Journalist Sarah Knapton thought; "Well that's another quarter page of pap filled."
Besides anything else, you can see all of the figure, it's just distorted by the join in the image.
Mary Bleedin' Poppins
Well I am no expert but that is clearly Mary Poppins, I assume she either flew in on her umbrella or the rift in Tiget Bay is active again and Captain Jack is ready to do battle with Dick Van Dyke now sporting a welsh accent.
that the guy flicking the Vs at Google is on the oh-so-glamorous Lothian Road in my own fair city.
Oh shut up you bellend. If you'd read the article you'd realise the telegraph were reporting on *someone else* having interpreted this as a sighting and calling in the experts. You know, the way journalists journal things!! I'm sure they are as sceptical as the oh-so-amazingly-superior you!!
And can everyone shut up about torchwood - it's clearly mary poppins which is on at the millennium centre (shock horror - some research from an el reg commentard - whatever next!!)
Now, there's a 20% Time project to get behind: Google Arse, complete with Crack Map. Of course, inevitably Microsoft would respond with Virtual Arse, offering Bird's Eye views, but then Google would retaliate with Fart Simulator, offering the opportunity to fly a variety of farts from the Silent But Deadly right up to the Follow Through across the topography of user-submitted arses from around the world.
Guess Who Was Responsible?
Surprised it hasn't been reported more widely, but I suppose it doesn't make for such interesting reading- Google themselves planted the 'ghost': here's the South Wales Echo article revealing the truth:
Personally, I've been very disappointed that Street View is not living up to it's name at all, I was expecting something much more wicked and maxxxed. Innit.
However, there's something ironic that the, er, saluting, gentleman in the final pic is making such a greeting of friendship to the Googlecar while he is standing next to the base of a large CCTV post.
On a different note, has anyone managed to find an image of a policeman anywhere on Street View?
Oh thank god...
...I thought Jade Goody had come back...
The Reg is read by sane IT professionals, not a load of stereotyped geeks with an unhealthy interest in the minutiae of crap science fiction.
Google did it!
It's been reported in our local rag the cardiff echo that goggle planted the charaters all over the uk. Including paddington bear, sherlock holmes and others for us all to find.
Google did it! Pt 2
But today we can reveal that she is just one of a number of fictional characters that Google chiefs decided to cheekily place in the new map.
And while they chose Cardiff for Mary Poppins, Paddington Bear can be spotted on London’s fashionable Portobello Road, Sherlock Holmes has been caught in Oxford, and the Beefeater has been indulging in a spot of shopping at the Birmingham branch of Selfridges.
Google’s Laura Scott told the Echo: “The mystery has been revealed.
@ Anthony Mark
"... astonished to see so many online rags appearing to take this 'ghost' sighting seriously"
Most of their readers connect via ethernet.
I never understood why the supposed spirits of tormented souls also have clothes.
Are these the ghosts of a pair of Levi's that died before their time?
Re: sane IT professionals
One glance and some historical knowledge...
Even if the viewer had been too stupid to look at what she was seeing and noticed the photo was a composite, the next glance would have revealed things awry with the 'ghost from the past' -- i.e. no gloves and other details that showed that this could not be something from the past. Of course, there was nothing from the past because ghosts don't exist (not in my science book, anyway) and Occam's Razor offers a dozen better solutions.
the serial killer...
Oh man people can be stupid. I mean no offence to those who believe in ghosts (as I do - they're fourth dimensional echos of our life's wavelength.....moving on) but seriously!! One image of someone in unordinary clothing and all of a sudden it's a proven ghost sighting?
One question for the "medium". Being that ghosts apparently exist in a different plain to us, etheral or otherwise, why then does she cast a shadow? Ya know, shadows, those little black patches where light has been blocked or obscured - last time I checked, ghosts didn't invest much into the shadow thing.
My fave has to be the last photo... casual IT bod dress, laptop bag, obviously up with StreetView... 'fess up, which Reg reader is this...?
Though I do like what I found while checking if I was clocked passing the gCar (I wasn't)... the cyclist is the one to watch... http://tinyurl.com/crblkj
Not that funny... until you look back afterwards... http://tinyurl.com/caevrg ... Never a good idea to take your hands off the handlebars while having a large counter-balance bag on you...
The royal family response.
There are no such things as ghosts, no santa either - has he been spotted on there yet?
Glad to see you counted the shadows.